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12:05 PM ET, January 22, 2016


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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
National Review aims to take down Trump  —  For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump.  Now, one of the conservative movement's most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.  —  National Review is dedicating a special issue …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
GOP establishment warms to Trump — and remains cool toward Cruz  —  The Republican establishment — once seen as the force that would destroy Donald Trump's outsider candidacy — is now learning to live with it, with some elected and unelected leaders saying they see an upside to Trump as the nominee.
New York Times:
A G.O.P. Majority in New Hampshire Pipes Up: We're Not for Trump  —  BROOKLINE, N.H. — Jeanne Cleveland, a retired teacher, pursed her lips sourly at the mention of his name and tried to summarize her distaste in diplomatic terms.  —  “I think he's arrogant,” she said.  “I think he's rude.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders hold solid leads in Iowa, CNN/ORC poll finds  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in Iowa as Sen. Bernie Sanders takes control of the Democratic race in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.
Max Abelson / Bloomberg Business:
Trump or Cruz? No Sweat, Wall Street's Big Republican Donors Say
Jessica Hopper / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump's Immigration Policy Amounts to ‘Amnesty’
Discussion: Washington Times
Manu Raju / CNN:
The Ted Cruz pile on: GOP senators warn of revolt should he win nomination
Nat Brown / National Review:
Houston, We Have a Problem  —  National Review was asked by the RNC to partner in the GOP debates.  We agreed.  Our initial partner was NBC, with whom we were to help moderate the pre-Super Tuesday debate, originally to be held on February 26 in Houston, then suspended by the RNC in retribution …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
National Review Disinvited From GOP Debate After Publishing Anti-Trump Issue
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Conservatives pen anti-Trump manifesto
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
In Word and Deed, Christie's Ambitions Shrink at Home Amid White House Bid  —  Gov. Chris Christie's return to New Jersey was swift and efficient: He flew to his home state on Monday night after a campaign trip to Iowa.  The next day, he sliced through a towering pile of legislation awaiting his signature …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Christie plans to stay on trail as storm bears down on New Jersey  —  As a winter storm of historic proportions bears down on much of the mid-Atlantic and the East Coast this weekend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will remain in New Hampshire but return if “circumstances warrant.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who had the worst week in Washington?  Hillary Clinton.  —  For Hillary Clinton, it's starting to look like deja vu all over again.  —  Start a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination as giant front-runner.  Check.  Raise tens of millions of dollars and look unbeatable for large swaths of the year before the primaries start.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Sanders's magnificent ‘America’ campaign ad
Hilary Whiteman / CNN:
North Korea arrests American student for ‘hostile act,’ state media says  —  (CNN)An American college student has been arrested in North Korea.  —  Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained in Pyongyang on January 2, according to Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel company he was with.
Ben Child / Guardian:
Oscars 2016: Charlotte Rampling says diversity row is ‘racist to white people’  —  The British actor, who is nominated for the best actress award, says black actors may not have been good enough to make the list of Oscar nominees  —  Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling has claimed the current campaign …
Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Mark Ruffalo Calls America ‘Rife With White Privilege Racism’
Discussion: Guardian, The Verge and USA Today
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on IPhone  —  Court records reveal details of two companies' relationship  —  Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone.  —  Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Google's Android Generates $31 Billion Revenue, Oracle Says
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Vietnam's Sacred Turtle Dies at an Awkward, Some Say Ominous, Time  —  HANOI, Vietnam — As Vietnam's leaders grappled with a diplomatic spat with China, a vulnerable economy and a factional turf war at a party congress this week, the last thing they needed was the death of a sacred giant turtle.
Discussion: The Week
Boze Herrington / The Atlantic:
The Seven Signs You're in a Cult … November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny.  I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
Professor Forrest McDonald (1927-2016): Scholar, Patriot, and Friend  —  Professor McDonald was and will remain—long into the distant future—among the most influential historians on American history, particularly in regard to the American Revolution and the Constitution's framing era.
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Sen. Richard Burr asks for retraction on report of comments about Ted Cruz  —  Associated Press story said Burr told supporters he would vote for Bernie Sanders over Cruz  —  Burr denies report, tweets: ‘I will support whoever the GOP nominee is’  —  AP says, ‘We stand by our story’
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
The dog keeps eating IRS hard drives  —  In Oscar Wilde's comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Lady Bracknell is indignant to hear that Jack Worthing is an orphan.  “To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Payment of $1.7 Billion to Iran Raises Questions of Ransom
Discussion: Mother Jones
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Guantánamo Detainee Refuses Release Offer
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Average ObamaCare premium rises to $408 per month
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal Comes Back To Life
Discussion: Doug Ross
Malcolm Harris / New Republic:
The Dark History of Liberal Reform
Discussion: National Review and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Rubio's summer of '90: An arrest, then newfound purpose
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Iain Murray / National Review:
The Administration Is Ruling by Decree
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Washington Examiner
Ashley E. McGuire / The Hill:
Pro-life movement has always been driven by women
Discussion: and RedState